Parents' Guide to

Battle: Freestyle

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Hip-hop dancers compete in Paris; language, sex.

Movie NR 2022 88 minutes
Battle: Freestyle

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Battle: Freestyle is a routine hip-hop dance competition movie featuring agile and athletic dancers. It's not significantly different from any number of other titles in this growing genre. And it doesn't differ much from similar movies about ballet competitions, barrel racing competitions, bull-riding competitions, or gymnastics competitions. Most dwell on interpersonal conflicts among team members and rivalries. In this case, an estranged mom is thrown in, forcing a girl to choose between her desire to regain a lost parent, her desire to be true to herself, and her need to be loyal to her friends. The Norwegian dialogue might add a little interest and the Paris backdrop makes it pretty. But as a Norwegian transplant to Paris lets us know, bias against people of color exists everywhere, from Norway to Paris.

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